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Teen Programs

Are you curious about what’s available for teens at the Museum? You’re in luck! The Museum offers a range of programs for students interested in art or art history, or any artistic discipline. The Museum is also a great place to socialize, have fun and to meet other students with similar interests.

The Muses

The Muses is a program organized by members of the Teen Council, who meet once a month at the Museum. Council members from public and private schools in Montgomery meet to plan events at the Museum. Events include exhibitions, art performances, outdoor activities, poetry competitions, and opportunities to work with living artists. If you are interested in becoming a Teen Council member or joining the monthly meetings, please contact Alice Novak, Assistant Curator of Education. 

AP Art History

ED_school_AP21The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is seeking applicants for the 2014/2015 AP Art History class, which meets daily at 7:25 AM in the Museum library. While exploring works of art from ancient world cultures to those of present, students from local schools share ideas and experiences. The group also encounters original works of art in collections in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Atlanta. A challenging program, AP Art is the perfect foundation for a life long love of Museums and fine art and a broad introduction to the connections between art and history.

Interested students can contact

The AP Art History program is sponsored by BBVA Compass Bank.

AP Art History Application

Junior Curators

The Junior Curators program provides opportunities for teens to organize exhibitions at the museum. Students will have the opportunity to work with museum staff to learn about how things work “behind the scenes.” Students will also have an opportunity to plan and mount exhibitions and serve as mentors for young students.

Junior Curators

Exhibition Connection: Creator/Created: Jerry Siegel Portraits and Artists from the MMFA Permanent Collection

Beginning in October 2013, students from the Booker T. Washington Magnet High School met twice a month with the Leadership Group of students from the Museum’s Outreach Program at E.D. Nixon Community Center, to create a photography documentation of their community and vision for the future. Digital cameras were purchased for the students by the Museum, with funding assistance from a Hearst Foundations Grant. This collaborative program also included instruction by Emily Thomas, photography teacher at the BTW School, art instruction by Museum teachers, and walking tours of the historical sites in the community surrounding the E.D. Nixon Center.

During January and February the students will be creating photography portraits of each other, and will learn special portrait techniques from visiting artist Jerry Siegel. Working with the Education Department and Exhibit Preparators, the students will curate and mount an exhibition of their photographs and collages in the ARTWORKS Corridor during the month of March. The exhibition will be open from March 1 through 30, 2014, with the opening reception and student recognition for this unique exhibition on Thursday, March 13th, at 6 P.M.


Adult lectures are offered during exhibition openings and/or as public programs during the week. Most lectures are held during evening hours between 5 and 7 p.m., although occasionally, lectures are held on weekends. Lectures are free to the public.

Gallery talks provide opportunities for intimate discussions in the galleries, in the Museum’s Weil Print Room, or Orientation Circle. Discussions can be formal or informal, and often include multimedia presentations. Gallery talks are free to the public.

Romantic Spirits: Opening Lecture

Thursday: April 10, 7 P.M.

Martha R. Severens, art historian and former curator at the Greenville County Museum of Art, will discuss themes of the exhibition, such as sublime Southern landscapes, images of the Lost Cause, portrayals of African Americans, and the heroic idealism of the South.

Evening with the Curator

Thursday, May 8, 5:30 P.M.

Curator Margaret Lynne Ausfeld will discuss the landscapes, genre scenes, and portraits included in the exhibition Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth-Century Paintings of the South. Her talk will focus on Romanticism, the primary painting style of that era.

Kerr Eby Artist of the World Wars

Thursday: May 22, 6:30 P.M.

Guest lecturer Sebastian H. Lukasik of Air Command and Staff College will explore Kerr Eby’s career as a combat artist in two world wars, with emphasis on his depictions of modern warfare.

Studio Classes

(Ages 14 and Older)

Fused Glass Fun
Create one-of-a-kind jewelry and picture frames, just in time for Mother’s Day. All glass working tools and supplies are provided. Class is limited to 12 participants.

*Youth ages 9 and older can attend when accompanied by an adult partner.

Instructor: Jo Taylor
Time: 3 to 4:30 P.M.
Sundays: April 13 & 27
Cost: $75 members/$100 non-members for the two-day workshop

Stained Glass Creations
Celebrate the coming of spring by creating a unique floral work of stained glass in this series! Learn to make a glass pattern and to cut, grind, and solder the glass pieces to make a small window. Beginners are welcome; those with prior experience will work on more advanced designs. All glass working tools and most materials are provided. Class is limited to eight students.

Instructor: Gloria Simons
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursdays: April 17, 24; May 1, 8, 22, 29; June 5
Cost: $150 members/$195 non-members for the series

Atelier Interactive: Acrylic Painting Workshop
Explore the vibrant paint and paint mediums that Kellie Newsome uses to create her colorful paintings. Information will cover techniques usually associated with watercolor or oil paint, and methods of blending, creating texture, transferring photos, layering, and glazing. All supplies will be provided, with the exception of a canvas and brushes.

Instructor: Kellie Newsome
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday: April 24
Cost: $35 Museum or MAG members/$$50 non-members
*This workshop is offered in partnership with the Montgomery Art Guild

Portrait Photography Workshop
Learn techniques of improving your cell phone photographs, including suggestions for composition, lighting, and contrast. Elliot Knight, Visual Arts Program Manager at the Alabama State Council on the Arts, will share his experience as a photographer and former art instructor at the University of Alabama. Participants are asked to email one of their own photographs (of a person) to the Museum as a part of the workshop.

Instructor: Elliot Knight
Time: 6 to 8:30 P.M.
Thursday: May 1
Cost: $35 members/$50 non-members

Portrait Painting Workshop
Learn to draw and paint remarkable portraits from one of the region’s best known artists. Participants will have instruction and exercises in composition, proportions, value and color. They will also paint a portrait, working from a model. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Individual instruction will be provided for all levels of skill. Class is limited to 10 participants, so sign up early!

Instructor: Marguerite Edwards
Time: 10 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday: May 17 & 18
Cost: $150 members/$195 non-members for the two-day workshop

Stone Carving Workshop
Participants will learn to carve soft alabaster while gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to carve a variety of different types of stone. Class time will include instruction in both age-old and modern techniques of using chisels, hammers, rasps and files. For beginners to intermediate skill levels with plenty of hands on carving time. A supply list will be available upon registration.

Instructor: Brooks Barrow
Time: Saturdays: May 31 & June 7 – 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Sundays:  June 1 & 8 – 1 to 5 P.M.
Cost: $200 members/$245 non-members for the four – day workshop
$150: Students currently enrolled in a college or university

Color Mixing for Creating Light in Landscapes
Back by popular demand, Chattanooga artist Durinda Cheek will share color mixing techniques in oils or acrylics that make your landscape paintings glow with light and clear color. Learn about the palettes of the Impressionists, compared to other landscape artists. Bring photographs of landscapes to paint. If the weather permits, participants will create quick landscape studies on the Museum grounds. A supply list will be provided upon registration. Class size is limited to 12.

Instructor: Durinda Cheek
Time: 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday: June 21 & 22
Cost: $175 members/$220 non-members for the two-day workshop

FLIMP Chalk Art

FLIMP Chalk Art Competition
May 2 and 3, 2014


The drawing times for the FLIMP Chalk Art Competition will be Friday May 2, from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.. and the morning of Saturday, May 3, from 8 to 10 A.M., before the Festival begins. Chalk artists create inspired works of art in the Museum’s parking spaces, and the MMFA provides materials to all who register on time. During the FLIMP Festival, visitors enjoy the vivid chalk drawings in the parking lot gallery, and local celebrities judge the winners.

Theme: This year’s chalk theme is  the “Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.” Works featuring the theme will also have a chance to win the ”Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts” theme judging category.

Composition Size:
One 6-foot by 6-foot square of the Museum’s parking lot
The Museum will provide corner templates

Registered Participants are guaranteed:
A space in the area designated for their age group
Chalk pastels for their entire masterpiece
A placard with the title of their work beside their work

Late registrants should check with the Museum to confirm the availability of space and materials.

Drawing Schedule: Artists may work during the following times, with no exceptions:
Friday, May 2, 8 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Saturday, May 3, 8 to 10 A.M.

Judging: Saturday, May 3, from 10 to 11:30 A.M.

Awards: Saturday, May 3, at 12 noon

How to participate: Complete a registration form by Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 9, 2014.
FLIMP Student Chalk Registration Form
FLIMP Adult Chalk Registration Form

If you have trouble completing the online registration form, you may print this  form and submit it by fax, mail, or email:
FLIMP Student Registration Form (for printing)
FLIMP Adult Registration Form (for printing)
FLIMP Registration Information (for printing)

Calling Chalk Art Sponsors

EV_chalk2012The Chalk Art competition is open to artists of all ages. Contestants often work on their designs for weeks in advance and labor over their chalk masterpieces the days of the event. Each team sponsorship is $100. Sponsorships guarantee that the Museum can provide materials and support for all of the teams. Supporters are thanked on FLIMP signage and in On Exhibit.
FLIMP Chalk Sponsorship Form (for printing)